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Jeff Reeves’s Strength in Numbers: Why buying Walmart stock over Amazon is a better bet now

Just the headline of this article is enough to set many investors’ hair on fire. Why in the world would anyone ever choose an old-school brick and mortar stock over a dynamic e-commerce giant that has defined the last two decades of consumer behavior?

Because Walmart Inc. WMT, +0.16% is growing fast, that’s why. And when you look at the details, much of that growth is coming from territory Amazon.com AMZN, +0.75% is looking to claim as its own.

Sure, it’s hard to argue with the performance of Amazon lately. Shares are up a tremendous 350% in the past five years compared with 50% for the S&P 500 SPX, +0.64% and a measly 33% for Walmart stock.

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